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Your vehicle may be the cause of your auto accident

When you get into a motor vehicle accident, one of the most important steps is figuring out who is at fault, as it will determine which party has to pay for the other's expenses. What if neither driver seemed to be responsible for the accident, or what if the collision did not involve another motorist?

In these cases, your vehicle may be the guilty party. Defective parts put you at a high risk of causing an accident, even when you are driving safely and following all traffic laws. Sometimes, it is obvious, as in the case of tires blowing out, but other times, it may take some investigation to pinpoint the faulty piece.

Common defective auto parts

To be eligible to sue, the product must be necessary for your safety. For example, a broken A/C will not cause an accident. Safety-related parts include:

  • Airbags
  • Brakes and acceleration
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Steering components
  • Wheels

In addition, car seats for children qualify as a defective auto part. Often, manufacturers voluntarily or involuntarily issue recalls. However, you may not receive notification for some reason. In other instances, the manufacturer may not be aware of the defect yet, either because you are one of the first to experience it or because not enough consumers have reported injury due to it.

Design issues

Another way in which your vehicle may be responsible is through its engineering. A poor design can mean you do not receive sufficient protection in an accident and sustain more severe injuries than you otherwise would have. It can also mean the automobile lacks helpful features in avoiding an accident. CBS News reports that according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the deadliest car in America is the Hyundai Accent sedan, whereas the top 11 safest cars have not resulted in any deaths the past few years. With your safety on the line, it is important to do your research before buying a vehicle.

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